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Tuesday July 30, 2019

From sfcv.org

Anat Cohen and Trio da Paz Light Up Dinkelspiel
By: ANDREW GILBERT

“Growing up in Tel Aviv, Anat Cohen started absorbing standards from the Brazilian Songbook without having any idea of the music’s origins. As an aspiring clarinetist and tenor saxophonist attending the vaunted jazz program at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, she learned to play classic songs by Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil from recordings by Israeli pop star Matti Caspi, with lyrics translated from Portuguese into Hebrew. It wasn’t until she moved to the U.S. in 1996 to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music that she discovered the source of the songs, a revelation that sparked her ongoing, career-defining engagement with Brazilian music.

While establishing herself as one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of the era – she’s on the cover of the current issue of Down Beat, jazz’s oldest and most widely read periodical – Cohen has recorded half a dozen albums exploring various strands of Brazilian music, from the foundational instrumental style choro to the supremely sophisticated Brazilian jazz compositions of Moacir Santos.”

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